ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, hails from Spokane, Washington. He has received many honors and awards for his probing artistry and cultural leadership. Comprising more than 150 albums, his discography includes winners of a Grammy Award, five Edison Awards, and the Grand Prix du Disque. He received the 2009 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and was appointed the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist-in-Residence. In 2010 he was honored with a Living Legend Award by the Library of Congress, where he serves as Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America. Hampson was made honorary professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Heidelberg and holds honorary doctorates from Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Whitworth College, and San Francisco Conservatory, as well as being an honorary member of London’s Royal Academy of Music. He carries the titles of Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera and Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France, and was awarded the Austrian Medal of Honor in Arts and Sciences.
Thomas Hampson enjoys a singular international career as an opera singer, recording artist, and “ambassador of song,” maintaining an active interest in research, education, musical outreach, and technology. Hampson who was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has won worldwide recognition for thoughtfully researched and creatively constructed programs as well as recordings that explore the rich repertoire of song in a wide range of styles, languages, and periods. Through the Hampsong Foundation which he founded in 2003 he employs the art of song to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding.
ABOUT THE STUDENTS
Tenor Scott Joiner, a DMA candidate, appeared twice as soloist at Carnegie Hall in 2016—with Distinguished Concerts International in the New York premiere of Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem and as Piemonteser in Strauss’s Friedenstag with the American Symphony Orchestra. Joiner made his San Francisco Opera debut as Dickon in the world premiere of Gasser’s The Secret Garden. Performances in 2016 also included the role of Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for St. Petersburg Opera, soloist in Händel’s Messiah with the Helena Symphony,Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Garden State Philharmonic, and many other performances in the New York area. Winner of the Heafner/Williams Competition and a Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist, Joiner has performed with Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Knoxville Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, and in numerous engagements with Asheville Lyric Opera and the Asheville Symphony. Joiner made his international debut as Pedrillo at Teatro Magnani di Fidenza. At MSM Joiner has appeared as Danceny in Dangerous Liaisons, conducted by George Manahan, and as Wilson Ford in The Village Singer, conducted by Ari Pelto.
Soprano, Angela Joy Lamb, is a second year Master’s degree candidate under the tutelage of Ruth Golden. This season, Ms. Lamb will be seen as Saffi in the Manhattan School of Music’s upcoming production of Der Zigeunerbaron. This season Ms. Lamb was also seen as Donna Anna from Don Giovanni and Hannah Galawri from Die Lustige Witwe in the Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Scenes Program. Last season, Ms. Lamb was seen as La Bergère in the Manhattan School of Music’s French Double Bill of Persée et Andromède and L’enfant et les Sortilèges. Summer of 2016 Angela Joy participated in Classic Lyric Arts L’Art du Chant Français in France and Classic Lyric Arts La Lingua Della Lirica in Italy, both under the direction of Glenn Morton. Angela Joy is a second year member of Miriam Charney’s Contemporary Opera Ensemble. Previous credits include The Hotel Casablanca (Veronique), Street Scene (Mae Jones), Die Fledermaus (Adele), The Gondoliers (Gianetta) and The Little Harlequinade (Columbine). Scene work includes Summer and Smoke (Alma), Flight (Minskwoman), Dark Sisters (Zina), Vanessa (Vanessa), Thaïs (Thaïs), Micaëla (Carmen), Mireille (Mireille), Così Fan Tutte (Fiordiligi), La Traviata (Violetta), La Clemenza di Tito (Vitellia), Don Giovanni (Donna Anna). Angela Joy completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the Hartt School of Music, as a double major in Vocal Performance and Music Management. Future engagements at Pittsburgh Festival Opera and a return to Classic Lyric Arts, Italy 2017.
Mezzo-soprano Hogni Wu is a second-year Master’s degree candidate.She has studied voice with Joan Patenaude-Yarnell and Ashley Putnam.Previous credits include La Clemenza di Tito(Sesto) with Manhattan school of Music Opera Theater,Die Fledermaus （Orlofsky）with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to performance program, L’enfant et les sortileges（La Libellule）with Manhattan school of Music Opera Theater, Carmen（Carmen）with Xinghai conservatory of Music, Chinese opera Qingling song（Mrs Umeya）with Guangzhou opera house. Scene work include Die Fledermaus（Orlofsky）with Manhattan school of Music.Last summer she performed with Bel Canto in Tuscany.
New Zealand born Baritone Christian Thurston is a second-year Master's degree candidate at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Maitland Peters. In 2015 Christian was an Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera and understudied the role of Dandini in their recent production of La Cenerentola. Previous performance credits include Luisa Miller (Miller), The Dangerous Liaisons (Azalon), L’Oca del Cairo (Chichibio), Il Corsaro (Pasha Seid), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snug), Carmen (Escamillo - concert version), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro), Madama Butterfly (Imperial Commissioner). Sang in the New Zealand Opera chorus for their productions of La Traviata, Der fliegende Holländer and Don Giovanni. Recent solo engagements include Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams, the Giuseppe Verdi Gala Dinner and the Wagner-Verdi Tribute Concert in New Zealand. Christian was awarded the Guida-LaCamera Award in the recent Met Council Auditions in Connecticut and will be joining the Resident Artist program at Minnesotta Opera for the 2017-18 season.
Jonathan Heaney, is a second-year master's student in vocal accompanying at Manhattan School of Music, studying with Warren Jones. He recently graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. He served as a staff pianist for the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC in 2014-16 for their productions of Rigoletto, Così fan tutte, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Albert Herring, Don Giovanni, and Sweeney Todd. Additionally, he was the assistant conductor for The Magic Flute and the world premiere of Falling Angel by J. Mark Scearce. He is currently co-music director for a start-up opera company in New York City called ARE Opera; their inaugural production of Rossini's La Cenerentola will take place in May 2017.
Yixin Tan, In September 2016, she started her accompanying MM degree in MSM studying with Thomas Muraco. As a pianist, her opera credits include Don Pasquale by Donizetti and Telephone by Menotti.
Pianist Nobuko Amemiya has built a reputation as a dynamic and versatile collaborator. Equally committed to operatic and song repertoires, she has traveled three continents to give recitals and concerts with renowned conductors and soloists such as Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, Brian Priestman, Lucy Shelton, Judith Kellock, and Janna Batty. An enthusiastic advocate of new music, she has worked with and performed music by many of today’s leading composers, including John Harbison, George Crumb, Bright Sheng, Oliver Knussen, and George Benjamin. Ms. Amemiya’s engagements include various music festivals throughout the world, including Festival de Música da Figueira da Foz in Portugal, the Britten-Pears Institute at Aldeburgh Music Festival, Franz Schubert Institute in Austria, Festival de Musique Lausanne in Switzerland, Aspen Music Festival, and Tanglewood Music Center, where she was awarded the Tanglewood Hooton Prize, acknowledging her “extraordinary commitment of talent and energy.” She has worked for Aspen Music School, the International Institute of Vocal Arts, Opera North, and Opera Mirai Project as a principal/staff coach and currently works for Manhattan School of Music, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, and Bronx Opera.